Linux How to Getting Started With Fdisk Partitioning Easy & Pragmatic Guide

December 7, 2012 | By Duchateaux.

The Guide shows you How to Getting-Started Partitioning a Disk/Drive by fdisk Linux Command Line Tools.

All Steps are Clearly Delineated Reducing at Minimum the Eventuals Choices and Customizations to Make Clearer & Easier the Process.

So if you Have Some Doubt or Need Some More Insight you Should Consult the Official Online Documentation…

Just Relax & Take the Time of Carefully Reading and Executing the Instructions Contained Here and All should Work Like a Summer Breeze :)

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For the Sake of Clarity I Take Into Account Only the General Case of Making Two Partitions on Disk:

  • One Swap Partition

  • One Root Partition


After Adding some Extra /home or /boot Partitions will be As Simple as Making the Root One!

  1. Open a Terminal Window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

  2. Login as SuperUser


    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo

    In Ubuntu-Like or on a macOS X Instead.

    sudo su

    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo

  3. Start fdisk

    fdisk /dev/sda

  4. Make a New-Partition Table


  5. Create the Swap Partition


    Accept Defaults But Latest Sector.

    Set Latest Sector Swap Size.

  6. Create the Root Partition


    Simply Confirm All Defaults.

  7. Setup the Partition Type to Swap



    Partition Number:


    Set Hex Code:

  8. Write Changes

    This Will Discard All Existing Data on Disk!.

  9. How to Format Created Partitions on Linux Command Line:

    Formatting on Linux Command-Line

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